Unidentified Rubber Factory, Japanese occupation 1944, WW2
Elizabeth Ride These two BAAG agent’s drawings of a Hongkong Rubber Factory were probably published in a Kweillin Weekly Intelligence Summary (KWIZ). I cannot currently access the report which may well have accompanied them saying what the Japanese were using the factory for.
The drawings are dated 22 June (or Jan?) 1944.
HF: Immediately pre-WW2 there were several rubber companies in Hong Kong, seven producing shoes. We have information, often minimal, about four such companies that were present at the start of the war, with even less detail about their operations during the Japanese occupation.
Is anyone able to identify where this particular factory was? The main building appears to substantial with several storeys and a higher central tower.
Or more on the following companies especially during WW2 and the Japanese occupation.
Canton Brothers Rubber Co. (1935) Ltd
We only have this information about the company. If correct this advert comes from 1941.
Continental Rubber Manufactory Company
“This factory was established in 1938, at Winslow Street, Hung Hom and a sale office on Des Voeux Road. The factory produced rubber shoes, sores, bicycle tires, No.18 electric wire of rubber cover, etc. Its products were attached with a trademark of a rubber leaf, exported to British territories in Africa, India and Southeast Asia.
During war time the factory had produced military belts, sports shoes, masks and other rubber parts. During Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, the products were confiscated.” (1)
Fung Keong Rubber Manufactory Company
Fung Keong Rubber Manufactory Co. was founded in 1925 by a Nanyang Chinese Mr. Fung Keong to manufacture and sell rubber shoes and rubber products.
Tai Hang Rubber
- For general information about the Elizabeth Ride collection, her father Sir Lindsay Ride, and the British Army Aid group during WW2 a very useful introduction is through http://gwulo.com/node/13968
- The BAAG papers are kept at the Hong Kong Heritage Project https://www.hongkongheritage.org/Pages/FindingAids/LibraryCollection/Elizabeth_M_Ride_Collection.aspx
The Index contains many articles showing BAAG articles about Hong Kong during the Japanese occupation.